Here at Today’s Homeowner, we like to find as many different ways to share our crafts of DIY and home improvement as possible.
And, right now we’ve set our sights on Valentine’s Day. After all, we and Cupid share a lot of qualities. We both like to line up a perfect fit and create unbreakable bonds, but we do it working with wood and glue instead of the little guy’s approach, introducing Jack to Sally.
So, it only seems natural we sharpen our heart-shaped arrows and help you set the mood for your big date.
1. Turn Up the Heat
With just a click from your smartphone, you can set a warm, cozy feel for dinner or cool off a room with the help of a programmable thermostat. Just don’t get caught looking at your phone at the dinner table.
Some are inexpensive, especially considering the money you’ll save down the line, like this Carrier Cor we’ve featured on our Today’s Homeowner TV show costing around $199.
Programmable thermostats are fairly easy to install. Watch this video to find out more about getting one up and running in your home.
2. Create Some Ambiance
Hopefully, by now we’ve all moved on past the Clapper. There’s a new sheriff in town when it comes to using the right light to set the mood.
Today’s smart lighting systems can be programmed to turn the lights off once everyone leaves the room and turn them back on as somebody enters it again.
They also can be programmed to turn the lights on in some or all of the rooms a few minutes before you arrive back home from your date.
Pair them up with energy-efficient LED light bulbs and you can save as much as $200 per year just on your lighting. After doing the math, it seems like you’ll be able to afford more dates by saving all of that energy.
3. Warm Up by the Fire
Nothing beats the warm and cozy feeling of a fireplace. Depending on what kind of fireplace you have, consider these tips before rolling out the fuzzy rug.
One of the major problems with the traditional fireplace is that about 90% of the heat goes right up the chimney. It provides a nice atmosphere but does little to actually heat the home. Pay close attention to what you burn. Some items, like newspapers, cause damage to your chimney flue and pose a potential fire hazard.
Gas-burning fireplaces have become the choice for beauty, simplicity and ease of use. These fireplaces are designed to work specifically with gas-burning logs and as a result are far more efficient at keeping the heat they generate in the home.
There are a number of different types of fireplaces out there. Click here for a list of them and their pros and cons.
4. Make Some Music
Set the tone with music. Bluetooth speakers are great, but this alternative fits the Valentine’s Day bill perfectly.
Ryobi’s ONE+ Score speaker set lets you connect up to five speakers instantly throughout the house.
Each unit can be powered by any Ryobi ONE+ 18-Volt battery or the included AC power adaptor and each has independent volume control.
Your smartphone connects by Bluetooth to the primary speaker connection and to the other units with up to 150-foot range.
Now your Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles and Percy Sledge can fill the house without you having to tote around a speaker.
It is available at The Home Depot.